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Two former Terps selected in first round of MLS SuperDraft

Posted on 17 January 2014 by WNST Staff

PHILADELPHIA - Maryland once again took center stage as Patrick Mullins and Schillo Tshuma were both selected in the first round of the 2014 Major League Soccer SuperDraft Thursday in Philadelphia.

Mullins was taken 11th overall by New England Revolution. The New Orleans, native captured his second straight MAC Hermann Trophy last weekend. The forward posted 19 goals and eight assists in 2013 while leading Maryland to its second consecutive College Cup. A two-time All-ACC First Team selection, he guided the Terps to second straight ACC regular season and tournament championships as a senior captain. He capped his illustrious career with a remarkable 47 goals and 119 points – both the second highest career tallies in Maryland men’s soccer annals.

Tshuma was selected by the Portland Timbers with the 17th overall pick. The forward from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and Alexandria, Va., garnered a coveted Generation adidas contract after tallying 16 goals and three assists in two seasons with the Terrapins. He was named to the All-ACC Freshman Team in 2012 and snagged second team All-ACC honors in 2013.  He posted five game-winners during his time in College Park and teamed up with Mullins to form one of the most potent scoring threats in the nation.

“We are very excited for Patrick and Schillo as they take their soccer careers to the next level,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “They are both special people and a coach’s dream.

“It has been an absolute privilege to have coached both of them. Terp Nation is excited to follow them in New England and Portland as they embark on the next chapter of their professional careers.”

The draft marks the 11th straight season Maryland has boasted at least one selection. It is the fourth straight year the Terps have had at least one player taken in the first round.

The final two rounds of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft will take place on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 via a conference call.

Maryland and the MLS SuperDraft
2014 – Patrick Mullins, first round (11th overall)
2014 – Schillo Tshuma, first round (17th overall)
2013 – John Stertzer, first round (12th overall)
2013 – Taylor Kemp, first round (17th overall)
2012 – Casey Townsend, first round (fifth overall)
2011 – Zac MacMath, first round (fifth overall)
2011 – Billy Cortes, third round (38th overall)
2011 – Jason Herrick, third round (45th overall)
2010 – Drew Yates, second round (29th overall)
2010 – Kevin Tangney, third round (35th overall)
2009 – Omar Gonzalez, first round (third overall)
2009 – Rodney Wallace, first round (sixth overall)
2009 – Jeremy Hall, first round (11th overall)
2009 – A.J. Delagarza, second round (19th overall)
2009 – Graham Zusi, second round (23rd overall)
2008 – Stephen King, third round (40th overall)
2007 – Maurice Edu, first round (first overall)
2007 – Chris Seitz, first round (fourth overall)
2006 – Jason Garey, first round, (third overall)
2006 – Marc Burch, second round (24th overall)
2006 – Michael Dello-Russo, fourth round (42nd overall)
2006 – Kenney Bertz, fourth round (47th overall)
2005 – Domenic Mediate, second round (23rd overall)
2005 – Abe Thompson, supplemental draft second round (16th overall)
2005 – Noah Palmer, supplemental draft third round (25th overall)
2004 – Clarence Goodson, first round (seventh overall)
2004 – Scott Buete, first round (ninth overall)
2004 – Seth Stammler, second round (18th overall)
2004 – Sumed Ibrahim, second round (20th overall)
2002 – Taylor Twellman, first round (second overall)
2001 – Nick Downing, second round (21st overall)
2000 – Dan Califf, first round (sixth overall)
1999 – Keith Beach, second round (17th overall)
1999 – Randy Merkel, third round (33rd overall)
1998 – Leo Cullen, first round (first overall)
1998 – R.T. Moore, third round (34th overall)

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Maryland falls to Notre Dame in NCAA Soccer Championship Game

Posted on 15 December 2013 by WNST Staff

CHESTER, Pa. - Patrick Mullins scored a first half goal, but Notre Dame came back to defeat the Maryland men’s soccer team 2-1 in the 2013 College Cup final at PPL Park Sunday night.

The Terrapins (17-4-5) and the Fighting Irish (17-1-6) were even for most of the game, with both teams controlling parts of the 90 minutes. Andrew O’Malley provided the winner for the Irish with a header in the 60th minute

Notre Dame’s Harrison Shipp had the best chance of the early going, his right-footed effort knocked away by an outstretched Zack Steffen.

The Terps opened the scoring in the 35th minute. Tsubasa Endoh sent in a dangerous ball that Alex Shinsky blasted into an Irish player on the line. Mullins gathered the rebound and finished with a left-footed rocket for his 19th goal of the season.

The Irish answered through Leon Brown in the 40th minute. Nick Besler flicked on a long throw near that box that Brown was able to control and slip past Steffen from a tight angle.

Alex Shinsky had a golden chance to give the Terps back the lead with four minutes remaining in the half, but Irish keeper Patrick Wall saved his close range header.

After a fairly uneventful start to the second half, O’Malley struck for the Notre Dame in the 60th minute. Shipp lofted in a cross from the left wing that the Irish defender was able to head past Steffen.

The Terrapins pushed hard for the remaining 30 minutes, but were unable to come up with an equalizer. Mullins had a free kick from just outside the box in the late going, but the senior blasted the ball wide.

Mullins capped his sensational senior campaign with 19 goals and 46 points – both tied for the fifth-highest single season marks in Maryland history. He concludes his illustrious career with 47 goals and 119 points, which rank second in Terrapin history.

Maryland advanced to its nation-best 13th NCAA round-of-16 in 2013 and captured the ACC regular season and tournament titles for the second consecutive season.

Mullins, Steffen and Tsubasa Endoh were all named to the College Cup All-Tournament Team and Steffen was recognized as the tournament’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player.

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Maryland to face Notre Dame Sunday for NCAA soccer title

Posted on 14 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland will face Notre Dame for a shot at its fourth national championship Sunday at 3 p.m. in the 2013 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship at PPL Park.


Event Multimedia

• Watch the game live on ESPNU and ESPN3.

Scouting The Terps

• The Terps return seven starters from a year ago when the squad advanced to the College Cup for the first time since 2008 and boasted the top winning percentage in the nation.

2013 Maryland Terrapins: 17-3-5, 7-1-3 ACC

(NSCAA #4, Soccer America #3, TopDrawerSoccer.com #2)

• Maryland’s offense is led by one of the top scoring tandems in the nation – Patrick Mullins and Schillo Tshuma. Mullins – the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy winner – leads the ACC in both goals and points. Tshuma is second on the team in goals and racked up second team All-ACC honors earlier this season.

• Gone from last year’s starting midfield is All-American John Stertzer, who was drafted 12th overall by Real Salt Lake in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. However, the cupboard is far from empty with talented players like Dan Metzger, Sunny Jane, Tsubasa Endoh and Mikias Eticha running the center this season.

• Sophomore Mikey Ambrose has anchored the Terrapin defense, which is incredibly young and includes starting freshmen centerbacks Chris Odoi-Atsem and Suli Dainkeh.

• Freshman Zack Steffen has started every game between the sticks for the Terps.


Scouting The Fighting Irish

• Notre Dame topped New Mexico 2-0 to punch its ticket to the title match Sunday.

2013 Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 16-1-5, 7-1-3 ACC

(NSCAA #3, Soccer America #4, TopDrawerSoccer.com #1)

• The Irish are led by ACC Offensive Player of the Year and MAC Hermann Trophy finalist Harrison Shipp who boasts 12 goals and 10 assists.

• Notre Dame is 16-1-5 on the year, including a tie against Maryland earlier this season. The Irish are outscoring foes 45-17 in 2013.


Terp Tourney Notables

  • Maryland has eight College Cup appearances in the last 16 years, the most in the country.
  • Maryland has advanced to the postseason in 13 straight years. No other school has done so more than five consecutive seasons.
  • Maryland has finished in the top 15 in the final NSCAA poll for 11 straight seasons. No other school has done so more than five straight years.
  • Every four-year player at Maryland since 1998 has been part of a College Cup team. The 15-year run is the longest active streak in the country.
  • Maryland is making its 33rd appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Terps advanced to the third round for a nation-best 12th straight season in 2013.

Mullins Sparks Terps to NCAA Title Match

• Patrick Mullins scored two spectacular goals to lead the Maryland men’s soccer team past rival Virginia 2-1 in the 2013 NCAA College Cup semifinals at PPL Park Friday night.

• The Terrapins will advance to their sixth national title game against Notre Dame on Sunday. Zack Steffen backed up Mullins with an outstanding night between the sticks, stopping five Cavalier shots.


Terps Drop Cal 2-1 Saturday to Advance to College Cup

• Freshman Michael Sauers tallied the game-winning goal in the 86th minute to give No. 5 seed Maryland a 2-1 victory at No. 4 seed California Saturday in the quarterfinals of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship.

• Sauers found the back of the net from 25 yards after Mikias Eticha found the rookie in space for Maryland’s 10th consecutive victory.  The win avenges a September loss to the Bears. Junior Alex Shinsky also scored for the Terps who advance to their 13th College Cup in program history.


Maryland in the College Cup Under Cirovski

1998 – Semifinals – L, Stanford – 1-0

2002 – Semifinals – L, UCLA – 2-1

2003 – Semifinals – L, St. John’s – 1-0

2004 – Semifinals – L, Indiana – 3-2 (2OT)

2005 – Semifinals – W, SMU – 4-1; Championship – W, New Mexico – 1-0

2008 – Semifinals – W, St. John’s – 1-0 (2OT); Championship – W, North Carolina, 1-0

2012 – Semifinals – T, Georgetown – 4-4 (Lost in PKs)

2013 – Semifinals – W, Virginia – 2-1


Maryland/Notre Dame – Round One

• Senior Patrick Mullins tallied the lone goal as the No. 5 Maryland men’s soccer team escaped No. 2 Notre Dame with a 1-1 draw.

• Maryland was keyed by a tremendous defensive effort as the Terps kicked off the first leg of their most difficult road trip of the year.  Freshman Zack Steffen racked up five saves to anchor the effort against Notre Dame.


Mullins Leads Terps Past UC Irvine

• Patrick Mullins capped off his Ludwig Field career in style Sunday with a first half goal that sent No. 5 Maryland past No. 12 UC Irvine 1-0 and into the quarterfinals of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship.

• The Terrapins controlled much of what became a very physical match with the Anteaters. Freshman keeper Zack Steffen came up big time and time again for the Terps over the course of the 90 minutes, including a couple of huge saves in the second half.


#Mullins4MAC Time Again

• Patrick Mullins was one of three players named a 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy finalist.

• The two-time first team All-ACC honoree and two-time ACC Championship Most Valuable Player, Mullins will join Notre Dame’s Harrison Shipp and UCLA’s Leo Stolz at the prestigious Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis for a banquet where winners will be announced Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.


Terps Advance to 12th Straight NCAA Round-of-16

• No. 5 seed Maryland benefited from a penalty kick goal from Patrick Mullins in the 70th minute as the Terps defeated Providence 3-1 in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship night at Ludwig Field.

• The Terrapins advanced to their nation-leading 12th straight NCAA Sweet Sixteen in an exciting match with the Friars. The two teams combined for 27 shots. Michael Sauers and Jake Pace also scored for Maryland.


Going Out with a Bang! Terps Win ACC Championship

• The Maryland men’s soccer team benefited from an own goal to defeat Virginia 1-0 and capture its second consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference championship last Sunday in front of nearly 5,000 fans at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

• With 2:42 remaining, ACC Championship Most Valuable Player Patrick Mullins crossed the ball into the box from short range and Virginia defender Kevin McBride failed on the clear, beating goalkeeper Calle Brown and giving Maryland its third title in four years and sixth tournament championship overall.


Sauers Powers Terps into ACC Final

•Michael Sauers scored a goal with just 13 seconds left in the first overtime period to lift the top seeded Maryland men’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Clemson in the ACC semifinals last Friday night in front of 3,352 fans at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

• Maryland led Clemson in shots, 13-11, and nine different Terps had notched a shot. Steffen had three saves between the sticks for the Terps.


When #15 Scores, Good Things Happen

• Patrick Mullins has recorded a masterful 46 goals in his prolific career at Maryland but possibly more impressive is the Terps’ record when #15 finds the back of the net.

• In four years, Maryland has lost only one game when Mullins scores a goal. The Terps are 32-1-5 in matches Mullins’ notches a tally. The lone loss came against Wake Forest earlier this season.


Mullins, Metzger Headline All-ACC Team

• Patrick Mullins and Dan Metzger were tabbed to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer First Team, announced by league officials.

• In addition to Mullins and Metzger, Schillo Tshuma landed second team honors and Mikey Ambrose was named to the third team. Zack Steffen and Michael Sauers were both tabbed to the All-ACC Freshman Team.


Terps Claim Share of ACC Regular Season Title

• Senior Patrick Mullins scored the golden goal in overtime to lead the No. 5 Maryland men’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory at Virginia Tech.  The win clinched a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season championship for the Terps as they cap their final season in the league.

• Maryland controlled play for most of the night against Virginia Tech. Schillo Tshuma’s early goal stood up for most of regulation before Alessandro Mion equalized late for the Hokies. Mullins then netted in the first overtime period to give the Terps the victory.

• The title marks Maryland’s 24th ACC Regular Season Championship in program history. It’s the Terps’ second consecutive title and their third since 2005. Notre Dame capped its first season as a member of the ACC with a matching 7-1-3 record. Maryland earned the top seed due to a tiebreaker.


All Systems Go Against Marshall

• Senior Patrick Mullins scored two goals as the No. 4 Maryland men’s soccer team defeated Marshall 5-0 at Ludwig Field.

• The Terrapins relentlessly attacked the Thundering Herd from the opening whistle and held a 16-6 shot advantage in the match. The Terps’ five goal win was their highest margin of victory this season.

• Dan Metzger, David Kabelik, and Ryan Reid also scored for Maryland.


Mullins Earns ACC Player of the Week Honors Again

• Forward Patrick Mullins has been named Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Co-Player of the Week, announced by the league office last Tuesday.

• Mullins, a senior from New Orleans, had a hand in all of the No. 5 Terrapins’ goals during a rugged road stretch that produced a 1-1 tie at second-ranked Notre Dame and a 3-3 draw at 23rd-ranked Virginia.


The 40 Goal Club

• Patrick Mullins’ two-goal showing against Wake Forest put the senior forward in prestigious company when he moved to fifth all-time in career goals at Maryland with 40. After his two goals against Virginia in the NCAA semifinals, Mullins now boasts 46 and is second all-time in Terrapin career annals


Mullins Named ACC Player of the Week

• Senior forward Patrick Mullins has been named Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Week after his two-goal performance in the Terrapins’ 3-1 road win over 13th-ranked and previously unbeaten Clemson.

• Mullins, the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy winner, tallied the first and final goals against the Tigers, who had surrendered just one goal in six matches this season prior to Saturday night’s contest.

• Mullins sealed the win in the 83rd minute when pulled down in the box and converted the subsequent penalty opportunity for his second goal of the match. The New Orleans native’s efforts helped the Terps remain unbeaten in ACC play.


Bonus Soccer

• Maryland has battled opponents to extra stanzas in eight of 25 games this season, including five double overtime matches.

• The Terps’ lone defeat in overtime came at California in the second contest of the year.


Terps, Tar Heels Draw in Chapel Hill

• Sophomore Schillo Tshuma recorded two goals to lead the No. 18 Maryland men’s soccer team to a hard-fought 2-2 tie at No. 2 North Carolina.

• The Terrapins amassed 20 shots on the night and fueled by the return of sophomore defender Dakota Edwards tallied nearly 90 minutes of shutout soccer to cap the match and give North Carolina its second straight draw.


Terps Top Duke in Front of Ludwig Record Crowd

• Sophomore Tsubasa Endoh scored one goal and added two assists as the No. 13 Maryland men’s soccer team defeated Duke 3-1 in front of a Ludwig Field record crowd of 8,397.

• The Terrapins fell behind early for the third time this season, but fought back with three second-half scores from Endoh, Helge Leikvang and Patrick Mullins to overcome the Blue Devils.


Dynamic Duo

• Patrick Mullins and Schillo Tshuma continue to show why they are one of the most prolific 1-2 punches in college soccer.

• The pair have combined for 24 of Maryland’s 52 goals in 2013.


Terps Picked First in ACC Preseason Poll

• Maryland is the preseason favorite to claim the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Championship, according to a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches.

• The 2012 ACC Champion Terrapins, who return MAC Hermann Trophy winner Patrick Mullins, amassed 142 points in the balloting. North Carolina, which reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship last season, placed second with 122 points in the conference poll.

• Maryland led with 10 first-place votes. Wake Forest and Notre Dame, selected third and fourth, respectively, each received one first-place vote. The ballot awarded 12 points for each first-place ballot, 11 points for second place, etc.


Cali Kickoff

• Maryland played back-to-back overtime matches when it tied Stanford and fell to California to begin the 2013 season.

• The Terps battled from two down to net a tie against the Cardinal on Friday. Patrick Mullins, Schillo Tshuma and Jake Pace scored for Maryland.

• At Cal on Sunday, Pace slotted the equalizer late in the second period to lift the Terps to extra stanzas. Tshuma also recorded a goal for Maryland.


Meet the New Kids on the Block

• The Maryland men’s soccer program welcomes another talented group this fall with a six-member freshman class in 2013.

• The Terps’ signing class is ranked third in the nation according to TopDrawerSoccer.com and features two members of the U-18 U.S. men’s national team with the signing of Zack Steffen and Suli Dainkeh.

• Other newcomers include Alex Crognale, Daniel Johnson, Chris Odoi-Atsem and Michael Sauers.


Youth Nation

• Maryland started four freshmen defenders and a freshman goalkeeper against Cal.

• Michael Sauers, Alex Crognale, Chris Odoi-Atsem and Suli Dainkeh all notched starts in the backline while Zack Steffen earned his second consecutive start in goal.

• Steffen has started all 25 games this season.


Terrapin Dynasty

Soccer

• Maryland has eight College Cup appearances in the last 16 years, the most in the country.

• Maryland has advanced to the postseason in 13 straight years. No other school has done so more than five consecutive seasons.

• Maryland has finished in the top 15 in the final NSCAA poll for 11 straight seasons. No other school has done so more than five straight years.

• Every four-year player at Maryland since 1998 has been part of a College Cup team. The 15-year run is the longest active streak in the country. The second-longest is Wake Forest (seven years).

• Men’s soccer has more NCAA titles than all other men’s programs at Maryland combined since 1976.

In all sports with at least 32 schools in its NCAA Tournament

• Maryland has more consecutive appearances in the round-of-16 than any other program in the country with 12. The second-most on that elite list is five.

• No other head coach in the nation has more national championships since 2002 than Sasho Cirovski. He is joined in that elite company by the likes of Jim Calhoun of UConn, Billy Donovan of Florida, and Roy Williams of North Carolina, who have all won two.

 

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Maryland soccer downs Virginia, advances to NCAA title game

Posted on 13 December 2013 by WNST Staff

CHESTER, Pa. - Patrick Mullins scored two spectacular goals to lead the Maryland men’s soccer team past Virginia, 2-1, in the NCAA College Cup semifinals at PPL Park Friday night.

The Terrapins (17-3-5) will advance to their sixth national title game against Notre Dame on Sunday. Zack Steffen backed up Mullins with an outstanding night between the sticks, stopping five Cavalier shots.

After an even start, Mullins opened the scoring in the 11th minute with a beautiful 20-yard chip. Mikias Eticha served a ball over the top that Mullins latched onto and flicked above an onrushing Calle Brown for his 17th goal of the season.

The Terps stayed stout defensively for the remainder of the half. Outside backs Mikey Ambrose and Jeremy Raley combined with centerbacks Suli Dainkeh and Chris Odai-Atsem to control the threat of Darius Madison and Jordan Allen.

Mullins had a chance to double the lead early in the second half.  Schillo Tshuma put the senior in with a pretty pass, but the New Orleans native sent his left-footed attempt high.

Just seconds later, Steffen combined with the post to keep the Terps ahead.  Allen ripped a shot from inside the box that the freshman keeper was able to parry onto the post.

The Cavaliers took control of the match after the Allen attempt. The ever-active Madison blasted the ball against the post from a tight angle with 25 minutes to go.

In the 76th minute, Mullins found his second. Tsubasa Endoh received the ball on the right flank and lofted a pinpoint to Mullins who took the ball between two defenders on the first bounce and volleyed into the right corner.

The goal was Mullins’ nation-leading 18th of the season and tied him for second on the Maryland all-time goals list with

The Virginia pressure finally sliced the Maryland lead in half in the 77th minute. Dan Metzger’s challenge gave the Cavs a penalty that Todd Wharton calmly stroked past Mullins.

The Terps’ defense kept the Cavilers at bay for the remainder of the match, with Steffen providing the highlight. The Pennsylvania native stretched far to his right to make an amazing one-handed save on a Brian James shot in the 88th minute.

Maryland’s appearance in the title game marks its first since 2008. The Terrapins – who are seeking their fourth national championship – are now 32-1-5 in matches Mullins scores a goal. Maryland will face third seed Notre Dame at 3 p.m. on ESPNU Sunday.

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Maryland soccer advances to NCAA quarterfinals

Posted on 01 December 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Patrick Mullins capped off his Ludwig Field career in style Sunday with a first half goal that sent No. 5 Maryland past No. 12 UC Irvine 1-0 and into the quarterfinals of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship.

The Terrapins (15-3-5) controlled much of what became a very physical match with the Anteaters (15-5-3). Freshman keeper Zack Steffen came up big time and time again for the Terps over the course of the 90 minutes, including a couple of huge saves in the second half.

Mullins had the best opportunity of the opening 25 minutes when his header flashed wide off a Mikey Ambrosecross. The senior was constant a threat to the Irvine backline.

That threat turned into a tally in the 33rd minute.  Tsubasa Endoh was able to brilliantly dribble past two Anteater defenders on the right wing before sending in a cross that Mullins poked past Irvine keeper Michael Breslin.

The goal was Mullins’ 16th of the season and put him into a tie with Abe Thompson and Casey Townsend for third on Maryland’s all-time scoring list with 43.

Steffen made his presence felt late in the first half, palming a Cameron Iwasa strike over the bar.

The Terp attack stayed dangerous in the second half, putting together a number of solid attacking sequences, but was unable to find an insurance goal.

With the offense unable to seal the match, Steffen put together one of his best halves of the season to keep the Terps in front. The freshman sprawled to his right to stop an Enrique Cardenas shot that was headed to the top corner.

The Downingtown, Pa., native saved the Terps again in the 88th minute, getting in front of a point blank Irvine shot to hold the Maryland lead.

The Terrapin midfield was outstanding the entire night. Mikias Eticha, Dan Metzger and Endoh relentlessly pressured the Anteaters and linked up the Terp backline and forwards on numerous occasions.

“I thought we put out a great performance against an excellent Irvine team, especially in the first half,” head coachSasho Cirovski said. “I give Irvine a lot of credit for throwing some numbers forward and challenging us in the second half. I thought we stood strong. I think you’ve seen the resiliency of this team and the growth of it. I thought we were quite composed.”

Maryland will travel to No. 4 California for a rematch of an early-season meeting in which the Bears upended the Terps in overtime. Maryland will battle Cal for a shot at the College Cup next Saturday at 4:30 p.m. It is Maryland’s ninth quarterfinal appearance since 2002.

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Season over for Maryland after NCAA semifinal loss to Georgetown

Posted on 07 December 2012 by WNST Staff

HOOVER, Ala. - Despite a valiant comeback, the No. 2 Maryland men’s soccer team fell in penalty kicks after an epic 4-4 tie against No. 3 Georgetown in the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship Friday.

The Terps (20-1-3) picked up goals from Schillo Tshuma (2), Patrick Mullins and Christiano Francois and managed a gritty second-half comeback with a pair of scores in the final 17 minutes of the match.

Maryland, which competed in its 12th College Cup Friday, landed on the board first with the first of two scores from Tshuma. Senior John Stertzer’s cross flicked off Mullins and Tshuma took care of the rest with a header from three yards in the 22nd minute.

Georgetown (19-3-3) answered with a staunch minute stretch in which Steve Neumann scored a goal at 32:11 and 33:40 to pick up its first lead of the match.

The Terps clearly outplayed Georgetown in the second half, outshooting the Hoyas 10-4, but the stanza started dreadfully for Maryland. An unfortunate Brandon Allen goal extended Georgetown’s lead to 3-1 after a failed clear went awry from Terrapin keeper Keith Cardona in the 48th minute.

A steadfast Maryland unit cut the lead in half in the 59th minute when Tshuma tallied his second goal of the match after Mullins crossed the ball to the freshman from the backline.

Neumann struck again at 60:11 to complete his hat trick performance with a four-yard strike for a 4-2 Hoya advantage.

Mullins showed exactly why he belongs in St. Louis in January for the MAC Hermann Trophy presentation with a header rebound goal after an absolute rocket from Mikey Ambrose ricocheted off the cross bar in the 74th minute.

Francois, who was one of six key contributors off the bench for the Terps, would take matters in his own hands in the 77th minute, shaking off a defender, possessing for 10 yards and firing a 15-yard equalizer into the lower right for a 4-4 match.

Maryland held the advantage in overtime but was unable to convert and Georgetown overcame an early deficit in penalty kicks to advance 5-4.

“It’s very difficult to cope with the reality that we are not advancing,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “This was in my view the greatest semifinal in the history of college soccer. I love my team. I told them that. I love them even more after this game. They made not only me and our University but all of Terrapin Nation very proud.

“That was a classic game. We’re going to get better from that game. We’ve got some great young talent. We’re going to begin the process of getting back to next year’s College Cup immediately.”

The Terps compiled their fourth 20-win season in 2012 and registered their 19th consecutive winning season. Friday night’s match was the collegiate finale for storied seniors Taylor Kemp, London Woodberry and Stertzer.

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Maryland tops Louisville to reach NCAA Soccer semifinals

Posted on 01 December 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - No. 2 Maryland advanced to its 12th College Cup in program history with a 3-1 victory over No. 10 Louisville in the quarterfinals of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship Saturday.

A raucous Ludwig Field crowd enjoyed goals from London Woodberry, Jake Pace and Patrick Mullins as the Terrapins (20-1-2) avenged last season’s NCAA tournament loss to the Cardinals (14-6-1). The Terps will face local rival Georgetown in the NCAA semifinals in Hoover, Ala., Friday at 5 p.m.

Maryland showed its intent in the opening 30 seconds of the match when freshman Schillo Tshuma’s bicycle kick attempt was punched over the bar by Louisville keeper Mike Mauro.

The Terrapins continued to pour on the pressure and Woodberry cashed in, scoring his third goal of the season off a Taylor Kemp cross in the 34th minute. The goal was the senior centerback’s first since he knocked in two tallies in a 3-2 win over College of Charleston on September 29.

Louisville struck back on the counter in the 40th minute. Zach Foxhoven got on the end of a Dylan Mares feed and put the ball past Maryland keeper Keith Cardona to even the contest.

Maryland took the lead into halftime after redshirt junior Pace weaved through the Cardinal defense and headed home aDakota Edwards cross into the far left corner.

The goal with 40 seconds remaining in the first stanza was Pace’s fifth of the season and gave the Terrapins a margin that reflected their first half dominance.

Maryland controlled most of the second half, but was unable to capitalize on a number of chances. Sunny Jane and Mullins both had point blank efforts saved by Mauro, who tallied five saves for the game.

Mullins, a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist, finally provided the Terps with a two-goal cushion in the 68th minute. The junior knocked in his team-leading 16th goal of the season off his own rebound after a scramble in front of the net following a solid Kemp serve from the sideline.

Maryland, led by the backline of Woodberry, Edwards, Kemp and Jordan Cyrus, protected its lead for the final 20 minutes to secure its 12th trip to the College Cup.

“We played a great game against one of the great teams in college soccer…against one of the most well-coached, skillful and determined teams in the country,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “This game had a lot of intrigue to it and our team came out with a hunger, a tenacity, a determination and a skillset that carried us through.

“I am delighted our seniors will have a chance to experience the College Cup. Every player that came here since 1994 has had a chance to play in the College Cup, and this set of seniors was not going to let that pass us by. They worked their butts off.”

The victory gave Maryland its fourth 20-win season in its history, all accomplished under Cirovski, who is in his 20th season in College Park.

The Terps, who are returning the College Cup for the first time since 2008 when they won their third national championship, will face the third-seeded Hoyas live on ESPNU.

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Maryland routs Coastal Carolina, advances to NCAA Soccer quarterfinals

Posted on 25 November 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Sunny Jane scored two goals and notched an assist as No. 2 Maryland punched its ticket to the NCAA quarterfinals for the fourth time in five seasons with a 5-1 rout of Coastal Carolina Sunday at Ludwig Field.

A conscientious Maryland (19-1-2) defense held the high-powered Chanticleer attack to only one goal, and combined Jane’s tallies with goals from Patrick Mullins, Mikias Eticha and Jereme Raley for one of its most complete performances of the season.

After an uneventful first 10 minutes, Eticha knocked in a dangerous cross put in by Jane for his first goal of the season in the 13th minute.

Coastal Carolina (20-3-2) rebounded in the 21st minute when Ashton Bennett scored from 19 yards out. The squad’s top scorer took advantage of a weak Maryland clearance and was able to guide the ball past Terrapin keeper Keith Cardona for his 16th goal of the 2012 campaign.

Maryland came back less than a minute later when a Mullins’ free kick from 30 yards trickled into the net. The teasing ball was misjudged by Coastal keeper Mark Petrus and bounced into the left corner of the goal for the 2012 ACC Offensive Player of the Year’s team-high 15th tally of the year.

The Terps dominated the second half with Jane leading the way. The junior forward scored his first two goals of the season over a span of just four minutes.

Jane’s first tally came off of a sensational individual effort that saw the outside midfielder beat Petrus to the back right post after getting past a Coastal defender in the 60th minute.

Jane’s second goal came shortly after when freshman Christiano Francois retrieved the ball on the end line and laid it back to Jane, who calmly guided it past Petrus in the 64th.

Maryland put the Chanticleers away for good when Raley got on the end of a Jordan Cyrus pass in the 86th minute.

The five goals were the highest total for Maryland since a 6-0 victory over California on September 2.

“I’m very proud of our guys. I thought defensively, we did a great job,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “Although this was two great attacking teams, I thought the team that was going to win was the one that was better defensively, and I thought our guys did a great job in neutralizing some of the great individual players that Coastal has.

“I thought it was a great overall performance. I’m very proud of our guys and I’m delighted that we’re moving on.”

Maryland’s backline of Cyrus, Mikey Ambrose, Dakota Edwards and London Woodberry held the Chanticleers, who came into the game with nation-high 62 goals scored, to only one goal on 11 shots.

Maryland returns to the field next Saturday for the NCAA quarterfinals. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. from Ludwig Field, and coverage can be seen free of charge on TerpsTV.

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Late Metzger goal lifts Terps to third round of NCAA Soccer Tournament

Posted on 18 November 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Dan Metzger’s goal in the waning moments of regulation was the difference as No. 2 Maryland defeated Brown 2-1 in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament Sunday at Ludwig Field.

Bobby Belair scored early for Brown (13-3-3), before goals by Patrick Mullins and Metzger lifted Maryland (18-1-2) to the third round for a nation-best 11th season where it will face Coastal Carolina in next week’s third round.

Brown capitalized on its control of possession early in the first half when Beliar turned in a corner kick for the game’s opening goal. The senior forward was able to get ahold of Dylan Remick’s dangerous cross for his fourth tally of the season.

The Bears almost doubled their lead just after the opener. Sophomore Ben Maurey’s chip went just wide after Maryland keeper Keith Cardona was caught out of his goal.

Maryland asserted itself late in the half with a series of chances. Defender Jordan Cyruslaced a strike from just outside the 18-yard box that was blocked by a Bears defender.

Mullins, the 2012 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, tied the game just before halftime with a beautiful individual effort. The junior forward received the ball at the midfield line, dribbled forward, and unleashed a strike from 30 yards that beat Brown keeper Sam Kernan-Schloss low to the right corner of the goal.

Mullins goal was his team leading 14th of the season and gave the Terrapins momentum going into the second half

The second half was a physical battle with both teams creating chances for the go-ahead goal. Mullins almost put the Terrapins in front with 34 minutes remaining, but his header was well saved by Kernan-Schloss.

Maryland took the lead in the dying moments when Metzger deflected a Helge Leikvang cross into the back right corner of the net with 57 seconds remaining.

It was the sophomore’s third goal and Leikvang’s second assist on the season.

“I’m proud of our team tonight,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “We didn’t play our best soccer, but we showed our championship fiber and found a way to win. To score a goal in the last couple minutes of each half shows a team that’s mentally tough.

“Brown is an outstanding team. I expected they were going to give us a great challenge tonight, and they did.”

Maryland returns to the field next Sunday to take on Coastal Carolina in the third round of the NCAA tournament. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Ludwig Field and the game can be seen live for free on TerpsTV.

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